We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
Ever notice how a new and different translation of a scripture passage can catch your attention and cause you to think? Ever find your mind wandering during a scripture reading because the words are so familiar your head doesn’t need to pay attention? Because I love words so much, I am always looking for new words to give me a fresh look at familiar passages and keep my head engaged. One of the best resources I have found is The Message, The Bible on Contemporary Language – Catholic/Ecumenical Edition, by Eugene H. Peterson. It isn’t new (first edition was published in 2002) but there is a 2013 edition, and several in-between.
Charles de Glandelet, Marguerite Bourgeoys’s spiritual advisor and biographer, wrote about her, “When someone on whom she relied asked her to give an account of her prayer, she said that she could not pray discursively (…). A single word or a single truth occupied her mind for long periods of time.” In what ways did the truths she contemplated keep her so long in prayer, absorbed and in the presence of the God she loved?
In the early 17th century, the “French School of Spirituality” was emerging. Marguerite was undoubtedly immersed in it and prayed in the manner of this School.
This spirituality was centered on the Word Incarnate – the Son of God made man, true worshiper of the Father. For her spiritual advisors, the Bible was their book of prayer. They strongly encouraged a prayerful reading of Scriptures. These two sources, the Word Incarnate and the Gospel, inspired a three-point method of praying: “Jesus before your eyes, Jesus in your heart, and Jesus in your hands.”
On December 23, 1964, Sisters Mary MacIsaac, Rita Rompre, Louise Driscoll, and Celine Caufield began the mission in Guatemala. This December Mary Mac and Rita will return to celebrate the 50th jubilee in Olintepeque. Also attending from the United States will be: Srs. Bea Baker, Patricia McCarthy, Patricia Flattery, Margaret Egan, and Dolores McKinney. Together we thank God.
I had the privilege of attending the opening event of Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All, Food Secure Canada’s eighth National Assembly. The keynote address was given by world-renowned writer, environmentalist, and seed campaigner Vandana Shiva as part of the Sow Much Love campaign.
Vandana Shiva is an inspirational author and award-winning Indian environmentalist, and founder of Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, organic farming and fair trade.
On Saturday, November 8, in Saint John, NB, D&P members from Fredericton, Miramichi and Saint John regions gathered in Saint John for a Fall meeting. After a warm welcome and an opening prayer led by Sandra Barrett, scic, we were greeted by Donna LeBlanc, regional chairperson of D&P. Our agenda included an explanation of the Fall Campaign, Sow Much Love, presented by Tara Hurford, the Youth Coordinator for this area. (See www.devp.org/en).
I have just returned to the office after a week in the Atlantic followed by KAIROS and CRC JPIC meetings in Toronto and a conference on Mining Justice at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Thanks so much to all who participated in the JPIC events in Summerside, Charlottetown and Halifax and to those who organized, chauffered, and hosted. Special thanks to Sisters Mary Corbett and Anne T. Gillis for their leadership roles. As you have most likely seen in the media, new information is emerging regularly on the ecological state of the world – the critical impacts of climate change are moving faster and deeper than originally anticipated. This is an important time of shift and many paths are coming to a crossroads.
The Scarboro Missions 2015 Calendar presents us with further images of the sanctity of all creation. The Integrity of Creation has color photos, with reflective quotes from Pope Francis (6 pages!), Thomas Berry, Rachel Carson and others. One page is a photo from the recent Peoples’ Climate March in New York. Subscribers to Scarboro Missions Magazine ($12 a year) get the calendar included, or anyone can order calendars ($1.00 per copy) from Scarboro Missions. See www.scarboromissions.ca to order online or write to: Scarboro Missions, 2658 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1M4